Courtroom Cameras Pilot Project

The Southern District of Florida is participating in a national pilot project for video recording proceedings in certain civil cases, as described more fully in Administrative Order 2012-001 posted on this website. Participating Judges intend to video record all trials and evidentiary hearings in their civil cases, unless parties or witnesses in their cases object. In addition, they may record any other proceedings in their cases where the parties request or the public (with the consent of the parties) request.

It is necessary that parties either consent or object to the video recording of each proceeding. Parties should submit either a PARTY RESPONSE TO REQUEST FOR VIDEO RECORDING form or a REQUEST TO EXEMPT WITNESS(ES) FROM VIDEO RECORDING form for each proceeding. They must then fill out the form indicating whether or not they consent to video recording, and return it to the court by five (5) days prior to any hearing. The forms can be found on this website below. A form must be submitted for each hearing.

Non-parties may request video recording of proceedings by submitting a REQUEST FOR VIDEO RECORDING form.

Unless otherwise ordered, executed forms should be returned via e-mail pursuant to instructions found below.

Further questions regarding the operation of this pilot project, how to parties can submit forms, or how non-parties can request video recording, should be directed to the pilot liaison, Operations Manager Michael W. Beck, who can be reached at (954)769-5408 or Michael_Beck@FLSD.uscourts.gov.

Administrative Order 2012-1 National Guidelines
Participating Judges: Judge Donald L. Graham
Judge Donald M. Middlebrooks
Judge Patricia A. Seitz
Judge Kenneth A. Marra
Senior Judge James Lawrence King
Senior Judge Paul C. Huck
AOUSC Cameras WebsiteLink to Video (Click the link to see samples of recorded proceedings and details about the project)

Forms:
Request for Video Recording
Party Response to Request for Video Recording
Request to Exempt Witness(es) from Video Recording

Instructions for Submitting Forms:

Submit Forms to the link below for the appropriate presiding judge. Include the case number and form type in the subject line of the e-mail (e.g. 11-12345 Request to Record):

Judge Donald L. Graham

Judge Donald M. Middlebrooks

Judge Patricia A. Seitz

Judge Kenneth A. Marra

Senior Judge James Lawrence King

Senior Judge Paul C. Huck